Friday, September 29, 2006
Pour les francophones
|Juliette Coquine prend son pied|
Sa va ...?
In memoriam veritas
Fresh attempts are being made to remove a gravestone featuring two penises from a cemetery in Romania. When Constantin
Vasilescu's wife died in 1969, he ordered a gravestone showing a woman sitting on a penis because he said she cheated on him.
In 1985 a top communist official noticed the gravestone near to where he wanted to bury his own wife and ordered the grave destroyed.
After the revolution which toppled Nicolae Ceausescu in 1989, Mr Vasilescu ordered a new version of the gravestone but was persuaded to tone it down to feature only two stylised penises.
He told the stone mason: "That's all she thought about all her life so that's what she's going to be remembered for in the afterlife as well."
Mr Vasilescu died in 1993 and now residents in Brasov are complaining about the "bad taste" of the monument and have asked the cemetery authorities to have it removed.
Now that's what I call erecting a monument!
Too much sun ..?
TWO members of a lynch mob in Lagos, Nigeria, who attacked a man they believed had turned two children into dogs, were shot dead by police.
A rumour had swept through the Lagos suburb of Oko-Oba that the man, a dealer from northern Nigeria, had transformed a missing boy and girl after giving them each 20 naira (10p). Local vigilantes detained the man and gathered up the dogs. Police arrived as they were about to lynch him and arrested 15 people.
During the fighting, two of the mob died. The rest, including the dogs, were taken to Lagos state police command in Ikeja.
A police spokesman, Victor Chilaka, said: "We do not know quite what happened so we are detaining all of them." Including the dogs? "Including the dogs." On what charge? "I am not sure," he said. "I am sure we will not hold them for long."
Belief in witchcraft, and the power of humans to transform themselves into animals and vice versa, is widespread in Nigeria. In the past two years newspapers have reported alleged incidents of a vulture which became a man and a schoolboy who turned into a yam..
Now can anyone tell me why the hell anyone would turn himself into a YAM ?!!
Wednesday, September 27, 2006
Loving nature too much
A bear-lover who would creep up to grizzlies in the wild chanting "I love you" to prove that they posed no danger has been killed by them.
What remained of Timothy Treadwell, 46 - author, filmmaker and celebrity for his unorthodox views on the animals - was recovered from the Katmai National Park in Alaska this week. His bear attacker had buried part of him in a so-called food cache.
"This is unfortunate, but I'm not surprised," said Deb Liggett, the park's superintendent. "It really wasn't a matter of if, it was just a matter of when."
Mr Treadwell's girlfriend, Amie Huguenard, 37, was also killed, and two bears were shot dead by rangers and state troopers called to the scene.
During his lifetime Mr Treadwell, a former drug addict from Malibu, California, always said that if he came to grief, it would probably be his own fault and he wanted no bears to suffer in retaliation. "It would have killed Timothy to know that they killed the bears," said Jewel Palovak, an associate in California.
Mr Treadwell was the founder of Grizzly People, an organisation devoted to the protection of grizzly bears and their habitat. According to the group's website, it was Mr Treadwell's practice to travel bear country without weapons.
Mr Treadwell featured on the website of the actor and environmental activist Leonardo DiCaprio. According to a biography on the site, Mr Treadwell beat his addiction by spending time in the Alaskan wilderness, where he developed his fondness for bears.
The self-styled authority on the animals urged concerned friends not to worry and apparently added that he would be "honoured" to end up in a pile of bear dung. "I think Timothy would say it's the culmination of his life's work," Ms Palovak told the Anchorage Daily News.
"He always knew that he was the bears' guest and that they could terminate his stay at any time. He died doing what he lived for."
Definitely a Darwin Award candidate ... shame about the bears!
Tuesday, September 26, 2006
A little help from your friends
|By Paul Stokes||Source/date unknown|
A NEWLY-WED bank supervisor had a testicle bitten off by a colleague's wife during a drunken party to celebrate his wedding. Doctors told Neil Hutchinson, 29, that the shock and pain could have killed him had he not consumed so much alcohol. He spent four days in hospital, during which surgeons were unable to re-attach the severed organ, and then he learned that his new bride had left him.
Mr Hutchinson, a TSB employee and his wife Shelley, 20, of Craghead, Co Durham, had been invited to celebrate their marriage with another couple. Denise Carr, 29, whose husband Nathan, 32, is a fellow TSB supervisor, had missed the Hutchinsons' wedding and threw a party in their honour.
While the two women went out for drinks, the men drank three quarters of a bottle of tequila at the flat in Low Fell, Gateshead, Tyneside. When they returned, a quarrel broke out involving all four. Mr Hutchinson attacked his wife and Mrs Carr tried to defend her friend, said Stephen Duffield, prosecuting, at Newcastle Crown Court. It ended with Mr Hutchinson sitting on top of Mrs Carr and she bit him to get him off.
Police arrived a short time later to find the flat in disarray and found Mr Hutchinson's testicle under a picture frame on the sitting room floor. Mrs Hutchinson said: "Denise said she knew she had bitten his groin but she didn't know she had done that kind of damage."
Mr Hutchinson was taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Gateshead, and later transferred to the Freeman Hospital, Newcastle, for surgery. Denise and Nathan Carr, who have two children, were jointly charged with wounding with intent.
The court accepted her plea of guilty to the lesser offence of affray and the charge was dropped against her husband. Mrs Carr will be sentenced in January.
Her husband said after the hearing: "It has been a really bad episode for us but we were only trying to help out a friend who was in need." Mrs Hutchinson said that she had issued proceedings for divorce against her husband.
Now that took balls... !
GRAVE robbers in South Africa have dug up the skull and bones of a former deputy minister of transport in the apartheid regime to create a "cure" for Aids. Hannes Rall's former farm manager told Aids sufferers that they would be cured by drinking tea brewed from the crushed bones of well-known whites.
Think I'll stick with my GP...